Dan Straily could add to the San Diego Padres bullpen, after the team sent a prospect to the Houston Astros in the form of Catcher Erik Kratz to get him.
However, Straily does have more starting experience than bullpen experience at the major league level and could potentially be an option for Andy Green as he continues to search for a 5th starter in the pitching rotation.
In 16.2 inning with the Astros last season, Straily posted an ERA of 5.40, mostly as a starter.
In previous seasons with the Oakland Athletics, Straily went 12-9 with an ERA below 4.00, with his best year coming in 2013. In that season, he went 10-8 with a 3.96 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and 152.1 innings pitched. A season like that would make him exactly what the Padres are looking for as a 5th starter.
In 9.2 career innings as a reliever, Straily posted an ERA of 12.10.
With this trade happening after a poor start by Drew Pomeranz in Spring Training, this could be a sign that the lefty could be headed back to the bullpen.